An excerpt from Mr. Monfort

“The foundation of our starting pitching – Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Chatwood – was a combined 38-21 with a 3.40 ERA. We have already begun the process of how to bring experience and talent to that group. We’re also excited about the strength of the minor league system with pitchers Eddie Butler and 2013 1st round pick Jonathan Gray on the horizon. Michael Cuddyer, the National League batting champion, will likely move to first base creating an opportunity to fill his position in the outfield with a big bat. We also need to improve the back end of the bullpen. Rex Brothers did well filling in for Rafael Betancourt, however it left us short in the setup role. Adam Ottavino will get an opportunity and we got a sneak preview of Chad Bettis as a starter and bullpen candidate. No matter his role, Chad will help our club.

We led the league in runs at home, but finished near the bottom on the road. The home/road issues have been well documented – perhaps over documented. No excuses, we need to find a solution to the problem.”

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Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
6 years ago

Mr. Monfort, the gaping holes on this team aren’t filled by pixie dust and magic. It is through shrewd management, signings and trades. We haven’t seen evidence that our team is capable of that since, say, 1999. A 3/4s good GM is not good enough. We need a person who can build a complete team. Please find that guy.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

While I believe that DOD should be fired, but he has made many shrewd moves since 1999. CarGo trade. Jason Jennings trade for 3 good players (Taveras, Bucholz, Hirsh), pick up Kaz Matsui for nothing, won the bidding war for Cuddyer with a 3-year contract, traded for Rafael Betancourt at trade deadline, signed Tulo to lifetime contract, signed CarGo to long term contract despite Scott Boras, obtained Chatwood by trading Ianetta, signed Torrealba twice to handle the pitching staff, and… Read more »

GARY
GARY
6 years ago

Very fair synopsis and I basicly agree and glad you remembered all those trades for me/us.To me,and despite the high points you delineate,its the teams overall performance that continues to make me call for BIB DOD’s resignation/firing.The last place finishes and total lack of significant moves last off season stick in my craw.2007 may well have been a once in a lifetime magical season,and thus spoiled us for all time,but is it too much too ask for a competitive team… Read more »

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
6 years ago

This is my favorite part: I will leave you with this – I do not believe we are a middle of the pack team; we are right around the corner from being really good with the return of our three All-Stars along with the young players mentioned above. Our organization is committed to doing everything in our power to bring you, the greatest fans in the world, a championship. We will not rest until we do it. Everything in the… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
6 years ago
Reply to  Bat Cat

Originally I was going to post the entire letter but I figured the Renck would probably post it on the DP site. I thought I would just go with the above.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

One of the problems with the Rockies management is that Dick Monfort is the president or is in name anyway. We need a baseball man at the top. Not Montfort. Ever since Jerry McMorris left (and then died) and Kelly Mc Gregor the leadership vacuum at top has been immense. I don’t believe DoD should have this job, but if he keeps it there has to be somebody who knows something about baseball, or at least how to be successful,… Read more »

GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Mr. Monforts comments sound depressingly like the same BS that our elected officials are trying to feed us from Washington.Platitudes ,generalities and toeing the same old failing line of thought with no new ideas or facing the facts as others see them.Sort of a version of “the emperors new clothes”.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

“will likely move Cuddyer to first base creating an opportunity to fill his position in the outfield with a big bat”

Remember those words and let’s see who this “big bat” turns out to be. Does anyone have any confidence that this “big bat” will be anyone of note?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I’m expecting it will be someone already that got some playing time this season or is in the system. I guess signing a free agent is possible? I just don’t see a trade in the works. Not for an outfielder. Using mid season tweets from the Renck, who sourced Mr. Monfort in most, I have no clue what to expect going into 2014. The only thing that seems certain is Cuddyer moving to 1st base. Mr. Monfort is a huge… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
6 years ago

Dan O’Dowd, 15 seasons: .467 average season (1135 wins 1295 losses), 4 seasons above .500, 2 seasons 90 wins or better.

GARY
GARY
6 years ago

Not the kind of resume one would be very proud of,or be irreplaceable and deemed the”best in baseball”by your boss.The only place this kind of resume would be considered proficient would be in the U.S.Congress!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Even the Tulo and Cargo deals should be considered suspect, since they certainly weren’t necessary for short term success…and you can see how little of that we had. In 2020 we’ll be talking about how little long term success those signings brought. But certain people will still be crediting O’Dowd for his brilliance. Failures to trade Atkins, Hawpe, Francis, Cook and Spilborghs before they became worthless. I suspect Fowler to be added to that list shortly. There are decisions to… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Prog what scares me is what if they let Mr. O’Dowd go and Geivett takes over?

I get your questioning Hammel/Guthrie but I will just say this. He is happy in Baltimore and that is where he should be.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Ha! “A drunk and a disorderly.” I like it! “Middle of the pack team?” No. What he really wants to say is “not an embarrassment like the 2012 Rockies or the 2011-13 Astros.” Yes, there are several teams out there sorrier than ours. But here’s the thing: they’re all on rebuilding/youth movements. Marlins (traded everyone), Astros (same), Twins (traded Morneau), Cubs (Soriano) — they’re all moving on. We’re standing pat. They’re SUPPOSED to be awful as they tear it down… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Seth Smith HR today to help put the A’s one win away from the ALCS. O’Dowd’s worst move ever? No. But take lesson from Billy Beane, still winning with moneyball in a small market (because it’s dominated by the Giants) in a really crappy stadium. Do you need the Michael Cuddyer and his salary when a Seth Smith – Johnny Gomes (another guy still playing) type platoon can give you the same production for 1/3 of the money? Remember that,… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Lots of ex rockies helping teams in some way this playoff year.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Here’s what I would do (trying to be somewhat realistic): I doubt the Rox can get ride of Tulo’s and/or Cargo’s contract AND get multiple legit prospects in return. More power to them if they can. Monfort mentioned moving Cuddyer to 1st, which works, but I say leave him and his arm in RF and sign Jose Dariel Abreu to play first. Scouts are saying his “low” end potential = Ryan Howard in his prime, so needless to say that… Read more »

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